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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of March 24

Nothing but bass right here, as usual.

But there’s nothing usual about our top ten most viewed, most shared and most commented on stories, how to’s and videos for the week of March 24-30, 2013.

Vulfpeck: Joe Dart’s Isolated Bass Track on “Beastly”

1. Vulfpeck: Joe Dart’s Isolated Bass Track on “Beastly”

Jack Stratton sent me this video, which made my day. We’re all huge Joe Dart and Vulfpeck fans around here, and so it was a nice treat to hear Joe’s bass line to the tune “Beastly” in all its glory. If you want to hear the original, we have that too…

Lakland Introduces Skyline Hollowbody 30 Bass

2. Lakland Introduces Skyline Hollowbody 30 Bass

Lakland has added another flavor of their Hollowbody bass to the Skyline series. The Skyline Hollowbody 30 shortens the model to a 30˝ scale for ease of playing and an old school feel. The bass is stocked with a pair of single-coil, vintage-style pickups with a Volume/volume/tone configuration…

Ben Hands: Solo Bass Cover of Adele’s “Someone Like You”

3. Ben Hands: Solo Bass Cover of Adele’s “Someone Like You”

Yep, we dig it when bassists take pop tunes and turn up the awesome meter by arranging them as a solo bass piece. Here’s Ben Hands doing his thing to make Adele’s “Someone Like You” way cooler. (We may be biased).

Player Spotlight: Carson Childers

4. Player Spotlight: Carson Childers

Meet bassist Carson Childers, who shares his story in this week’s player spotlight feature. It is always exciting to see the next generation of players taking inspiration from the long line of bass playing legends who came before them, and Carson is clearly well schooled in the old and new school…

Machine Head Holding Open Auditions for Bassist

5. Machine Head Holding Open Auditions for Bassist

Looking for a really sweet summer job? A month after splitting with longtime bassist Adam Duce, Machine Head is searching for a temporary bassist to play with them during this summer’s Mayhem Festival. The veteran metal band announced their bass auditions on their Facebook page…

Controlling Rhythm and Expressing it Musically

6. Controlling Rhythm and Expressing it Musically

This week’s Ask Damian Erskine column was written in part from a response to a FaceBook question he had about controlling rhythm and expressing it musically. He was also asked about his right hand approach, and where it came from with regard to rhythm and how he uses it in his lines. Damian delivers the goods…

Lenny White Band: “Wolfbane” Live

7. Lenny White Band: “Wolfbane” Live

I’ve been digging the new “vault” release by Lenny White (check out the story we shared earlier this week). This new album offers up music from White’s 1997 tour with his band, which included two bassists: Victor Bailey and Foley. So I started hunting for videos from this era and found this great one…

Bass Harmonics: Middle of the String Harmonics

8. Bass Harmonics: Middle of the String Harmonics

We’ve found where the most common harmonics are at the end of the fingerboard, and also toward the nut. Today, let’s find the most common harmonics in the middle part of the string. Check out Dr. D’s newest addition to his popular series on bass harmonics…

Bass of the Week: Overwater Basses Expression Semi-Acoustic Bass

9. Bass of the Week: Overwater Basses Expression Semi-Acoustic Bass

Overwater Basses stretches things with their Expression model, a semi-acoustic bass built with a solid spruce top and 3˝ deep hollow Central American mahogany body bound in Cocobolo. Its body has elements of a violin-shape and a single-cut with a the lower horn cutaway for better access…

Transcription: Viktor Lörincz’s “Boomerang”

10. Transcription: Viktor Lörincz’s “Boomerang”

This month’s transcription is “Boomerang”, a funk-filled slap-fest from Hungarian bassist Viktor Lörincz we originally featured back in 2011. This chops-heavy piece is a great workout for anyone looking to take their slapping and tapping skills to the next level…